Mamamoo’s Yellow Flower | Album Review

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Yellow Flower was released in March 2018 and was the first installment of Mamamoo’s 4 Seasons project.

This album was Hwasa’s album (hence her having a solo song, Be Calm, on it). Each of the members got an album that was centred more around them.

Not including the intro, this mini album has six songs, four of which have music videos.

Star Wind Flower Sun is a pretty basic, slow and slightly cheesy ballad, elevated somewhat by their beautiful voices, but otherwise not particularly… special. 3/5.

Starry Night has one of the most beautiful music videos ever. It’s also a very pleasing song, and soothing to the ears, although the chorus section is a bit underwhelming. 4/5.

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Be Calm is Hwasa’s solo song and is also the most profound and moving song of the album… “I’m finding my way back to life again”. Of course, Hwasa’s voice is also gorgeous and the calmness of the song matches the title. The calm R&B style is something we’ve seen from Hwasa since, and it suits her well. 4.5/5.

Rude Boy is an incredibly well thought out song. It has a pretty chill vibe, as many of these songs do, but is actually a conversation between Solar and the rest of the members about a boy who is… well, not good for her. Genius! 4.5/5.

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Spring Fever might be a very relatable song depending on your relationship status, as it talks about the feeling when everyone around you seems to be falling in love whilst you remain forever alone. The highlight is the amount of beautiful low notes we get from Moonbyul! 4/5.

Paint Me was originally released as a single at the beginning of January, as a kind of introduction to the 4 Seasons project. With this song, the album opens and closes on a ballad, but this is no cheesy cute ballad… this will hit you in the feels. 4.5/5.

Overall, this album seems to consist of lots of great songs, but nothing that made me go WOW THIS IS THE BEST SONG EVER. An incredibly solid album, with something distinctive about each song. I definitely recommend getting familiar with the lyrics though, as otherwise some of the b-side tracks can blend into each other a bit as they have a similar sound and are mostly distinctive in lyrics.

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What did you think of the album? Let me know! (Please.) Did you know about this album before? Did you discover some new music?

Keep an eye out for a slew of Mamamoo posts soon as I’ve been holding off until they finished off this project to post everything!

Happy listening, Keira x.

Jus2’s FOCUS | Album Review

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FOCUS is Jus2’s debut mini album. It has six tracks and features a high-fashion and mature sound.

JB and Yugyeom (alongside other producers) worked on all of the tracks in producing and lyric writing.

GOT7 is a 7-member boy group from South Korea. Members JB and Yugyeom make up this subunit.

FOCUS ON ME is a the perfect title track for the album: it blends the relaxed and sensual “vibe” of the overall album into a beautiful R&B-House mix that screams Yugyeom and JB. Their vocals are just the icing on the cake. The music video compliments the high-fashion style of the album perfectly. 5/5.

DRUNK ON YOU has an acoustic beginning, giving it an intimate feeling. The twang of the guitar provides a nice soft contrast to the smoothness and airy quality of their vocals. I will admit to not being the BIGGEST fan of the chorus as it is quite repetitive, but it’s not so bad and the verses more than make up for it. 4/5.

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TOUCH is an urban R&B pop song with an emotional twist. The lyrics are poignant and filled with love, and the song feels like a warm embrace. 5/5.

SENSES is a deep house song which introduces a stronger beat than some of the other b-side tracks so far, reminiscent of the steady beats found in the title track. The track bubbles and froths, maintaining a slow rise and fall of tension complemented by vocals which sound like whispers in your ears. 4.5/5.

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LOVE TALK is also a deep house song with a similar rise-and-fall feeling to SENSES, but more upbeat with less whispering. It still has the relaxed vibe of the album, but also makes you want to dance a little bit. 4.5/5.

LONG BLACK uses minimal instrumentation that contrasts the higher pitched, sweet melody, making for a luxurious and relaxing sound. As much as I hate coffee, I do love this song. 5/5.

There are a couple of albums each year that I can listen to all the way through. Thinking of last year, BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear comes to mind, and this year it is Jus2’s FOCUS. All of the songs are excellent, and whilst similar do not get repetitive. And I say this from experience, as I listened to the album all the way through 10 times in two days whilst writing this review. Truly a masterpiece.

Also, just a quick side note: I was watching some interviews and they talked about how the album is actually based on senses (sight, smelling, touch, the sixth sense, hearing, and taste) which made the album seem even more masterful. And yes, I could definitely see these songs being played on a runway somewhere…

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What did you think of the album? Do you agree with my opinions, or do you think I’m completely wrong? What was your favourite song? Please let me know!

If you are new to GOT7, please check out my Guide to GOT7 and I have many other reviews of their albums which I recommend as well 😉

Also, if there is any album you would like to see a review of (K-Pop or otherwise), leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to get on it!

Happy listening, Keira x.

WJSN’S WJ Stay? Song-By-Song Album Review

WJ Stay? is WJSN’s most recent mini album. It was released on the 8th of January 2019 and contains 7 songs, including the title track: “La La Love”.

WJSN is a 13 member South Korean-Chinese girl group. They are also known as Cosmic Girls.

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GOT7’s Eyes On You | Album Review

GOT7’s EP Eyes On You was released on the 12th of March 2018. It was the group’s first release of 2018 and helped cement their transition to a more mature sound. The song brought with it a collaboration with Hyolyn, a former member of the group SISTAR, and now a solo artist with her own label.

In this post I will be reviewing all 6 tracks.

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GOT7’S 7 for 7 | Album Review

GOT7’S album You Are was released on the 10th of October 2017. More accurately, it is an EP and aptly contains 7 songs. The album centres around the idea of GOT7 being forever 7 and their great strength and friendship together. 

In this post, I will be reviewing all 7 tracks.

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